Financial Resources

For Non-degree, Workforce Continuing Education Students

WakeWorks Propel Scholarship

Scholarship awards of up to $750 for accelerated non-degree Workforce Continuing Education courses leading to industry-recognized or state credentials for high-demand jobs in five career fields. Most of the courses can be completed in 3 to 6 months.


Additional Funding Opportunities

Workforce Continuing Education
Scholarship Application

State Employees' Credit Union
(SECU) Scholarship

Food and Nutrition Services
Employment & Training (FNS E&T) Scholarship

Finish Line Grant

View a list of current scholarship opportunities through the Wake Tech Foundation.

COVID-19 Emergency Aid: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)*

Wake Tech recognizes that our students may encounter special circumstances or emergencies because of COVID-19 that impact your education. We have received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act, 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 to support students with costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the pandemic.

COVID-19 Emergency Aid funds are available for Workforce Continuing Education students who are enrolled in Occupational Education or College & Career Readiness programs and who have experienced financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wake Tech’s COVID-19 Emergency Aid funds provide emergency assistance to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of their education due to COVID-19, including:

  • Tuition
  • Course Materials (non-technology)
  • Course Materials (technology)
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities (including internet access)
  • Healthcare (including mental health)
  • Childcare
  • Car Repair
  • Transportation (including gas)
  • Loss of Income

If you are experiencing financial challenges directly related to COVID-19, apply for COVID-19 Emergency Aid Funds.

  1. Log into your student account via the Wake Tech Student portal and complete the online application. You will need to have set up your Wake Tech email account prior to applying.
  1. Answer all questions and include required documentation as listed on the application. Documents may be uploaded within the application .
  1. Before submitting, be sure you understand the verification statement at the end of the application. If you cannot verify that you are experiencing any financial challenges due to the coronavirus, then you should not apply.
  1. Your completed application will be reviewed, and if approved, the college will mail you a check for your Wake Tech COVID-19 Emergency Aid funds.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

Students enrolled in credit-bearing programs at Wake Tech may also be eligible. To learn more, visit the COVID Emergency Funding for Credit Students page

FAQs for Workforce Continuing Education (non-credit) Students

What is COVID-19 Emergency Aid?

Wake Tech received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to support eligible students with costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I know if I’m eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid?

Students must be enrolled at Wake Tech in an Occupational Education or College & Career Readiness course and attest that they are experiencing financial challenges related to COVID-19. A Wake Tech Occupational Education student is considered “enrolled” once they have met the 10% point in a class; College & Career Readiness students are considered “enrolled” after completing 12 hours of instruction. If you owe a balance to Wake Tech, the college will not deduct any costs from these emergency aid funds but the outstanding balance will remain on your account.

I am currently enrolled in a Motorcycle Basic Rider course. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Self-Supporting (SEF) and Community Service Programs (CSP) do not meet the enrollment criteria for grant funds.

Are College & Career Readiness students eligible to apply?

Yes. Students enrolled in College & Career Readiness programs, excluding HEP, are eligible to apply. To be considered eligible, a student must complete 12 hours of instruction.

I registered today for a Nurse Aide 1 class that begins next month. When should I apply?

A Wake Tech Nurse Aide student is considered “enrolled” once they have met the 10% point in a class. For example, in classes that meet 100 hours, a student would need to complete 10 hours in the course to be considered enrolled. Once enrolled, they should complete the online application.

I took a Natural Hair Specialist class recently that ended in November 2021. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Non-credit courses that include career and employment training are eligible. Even if your class has recently ended, you may still be eligible to receive funds.

I received a scholarship from Wake Tech. Am I still eligible to apply for HEERF emergency funds?

Yes. Even if you have received other financial assistance from Wake Tech, you are still eligible to apply.

Are these funds taxable?

No. These emergency aid funds are not part of your gross income for tax purposes. Visit the IRS CARES Act website or contact the IRS for more guidance.

If I am enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs, should I submit two applications?

No. If you are currently enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs, you should submit the application for degree students.

How is my COVID-19 Emergency Aid grant determined?

Wake Tech determines the amount of the grant by considering the information provided on the application and related documentation. 

When and how will I receive my payment?

If you receive an email notifying you that you have been approved to receive an emergency aid payment, your payment will be sent to the mailing address you have on file with Wake Tech. It may take up to six (6) weeks to receive payment.

How can I use my COVID-19 emergency aid funds?

How you use these funds is your choice. We hope you’ll carefully consider your personal and educational expenses for your cost of attendance, so you remain on the path to completion. We cannot guarantee availability of future funds.

I have not received any information about my application.

If you submitted your application more than two weeks ago, you can check on the status of your application by emailing [email protected]. Reminder, applications are not reviewed when Wake Tech is closed.  

If my application was denied, can I appeal the decision?

If your financial situation has changed since your application was first submitted and you would like to appeal the decision, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Your Wake Tech E-Mail Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Detailed information on changes to your current financial situation and how it is related to COVID-19

The appeals decision will be final.

We are here to help you succeed! 

Non-degree students can benefit from…

Get started! Workforce Continuing Education Career Pathways Program & Student Resources

Browse our training clusters and then set up an appointment to meet with a Career Coach! Get started by calling us at 919-866-5853 or by emailing us.

When you successfully complete your training, we can connect you with local employers and career opportunities. 

Step 1: Explore Training Options Step 2: Contact Us to Sign Up Step 3: Get Support Step 4: Get Trained & Certified